Stage(Stagger) Planting – Maximizing Your Garden

Most of {us} home gardeners fall short and don’t think and plan ahead to our garden harvest. We tend to plant too much of our seed and seedlings all on the same day causing us to have to much of one vegetable ready for harvest on the same day! What we ‘really’ should be doing is stage planting only a few seeds and seedlings every 7 to 10 days to spread out harvest out over a much longer time period. Extending our harvest out over several weeks or even several months.

Stage planting works well for ‘almost’ all of our garden vegetables. Executed properly we can harvest table ready fresh vegetables over the entire spring, summer and well into fall with little or no surplus vegetables.
The only real disadvantage ‘problem’ with stage planting is insect control. Over an extended period, insect populations will build up to a point that cucumber beetles, squash bugs and vine bores may be eating more of your vegetables than you are.

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6 responses to “Stage(Stagger) Planting – Maximizing Your Garden

  1. WI didn’t have a long enough growing season for succession/staging – but CO does. We also have a huge greenhouse now and we keep stuff going on all year around! Excellent to have fresh strawberries and tomatoes for Christmas!


  2. Just for the record, it’s been raining non-stop all day here, and the temperature hasn’t yet risen above 10 C (50 F). I’m sometimes amazed that we can grow anything at all!


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    • I’m always whining about my hot, dry windy weather, but, I think all the cool wet weather you have would drive me up a wall.
      Hope you warm up and dry out a bit.
      Happy gardening


  3. Hi Probept –

    I guess what you describe as stage planting is the same as what we in the UK call succession sowing. I’ve used it for years with peas, beans and salad crops – and yes, it works. I don’t use it, though, for crops like sweet corn, which are pretty marginal in our damp cool climate (I live in the north-west of England). There’s so little margin of error between sowing too early and losing the crop to frost, and sowing too late and never getting the corn to ripen.

    And if spring happens to be really cold, I’ve found that seeds I’ve planted in March, early April and late April often wait until the weather finally warms up in May, and then all come up together!

    Despite all this, I still think succession sowing is a great idea, and I’d recommend it too.


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    • Thanks for your comment(s) and your right. Long season crops like corn may mot be suitable for succession planting.
      Grin… cool damp springs are not a problem here. It’s the first day of may and I had 3 day in April in the high 90’s(35C).
      Happy gardening


  4. I’m going to make a big effort to do it right this year.

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